The House of Fairytales

20 July 2012

The Adventure of The Missing Manuscript
Swan Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre and around the RSC Gardens
28 July - 2 September 2012
Admission Free

The House of Fairytales
, brainchild of the artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis, presents The Adventure of The Missing Manuscript, a family-friendly installation and story-trail around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and surrounding gardens.

The Adventure of The Missing Manuscript is free of charge and opens on Saturday 28 July and runs until Sunday 2 September 2012. On the opening day from 11am to 4pm, artist Miranda Mutanta and other practitioners will animate the installation, creating a marvellous theatrical experience for visitors.

The Adventure of The Missing Manuscript leads children and adults into an exciting world inspired by the creative genius of Shakespeare's mind. There are two interactive elements: an immersive installation of the imagined, magnificent mind of Shakespeare; and a story-based trail with illustrated map around the gardens.

This work has 8-12 year olds in mind but the intention is that everyone who experiences the adventure will go away with a sense of their own creativity and a passion for Shakespeare.

Artist Deborah Curtis says of the project:

'Shakespeare is our most timeless, ageless and universal of storytellers and is therefore an honorary member of The House of Fairy Tales pantheon! Through this latest House of Fairy Tales Adventure, we hope to inspire a love of the Bard and a love of theatre in children of all ages.'

The House of Fairy Tales has converted the RSC's Swan Room into a magical theatre-making play area. It contains weird and wonderful props and devices all designed to stimulate the imagination and ignite the creative spark. Children are invited to travel through this tactile installation to write and perform their own Shakespearean style tales.

The installation has lots of interactive elements that children can engage with including:

• A magnificent Story Generating Machine, made up of cogs and dials containing character names, genres, key words and phrases from Shakespeare's writings. A quick spin on the machine and ideas for a story are randomly generated.

The Casket of Mysterious Properties which contains an eclectic assortment of props from the RSC store.

• A Costume Wardrobe full of colourful, hand crafted outfits.

• A Sound Effects Barrow where playmakers can generate atmospheric noises like thunder and lightning.

• A Shadow Theatre where children can act out the plays that they've created.

In short, all the ingredients for creating a magical play can be found in the Swan Room.

A beautifully illustrated map containing puzzles and tasks accompanies the story-based adventure trail. Signposted along the trail are markers with interesting tales from Shakespeare's world including amusing anecdotes and stories about the characters that populated his plays.

Commissioned specially for the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, The Adventure of the Missing Manuscript promises a fun, immersive and interactive experience for all the family.

Further information
For further press information please contact Mark Farnan (T: 01789 272438; E: or Dean Asker (T: 01789 412660;

Notes to Editors:

Listings details for The Adventure of The Missing Manuscript:
28 July – 2 September 2012
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB
Tel: 0844 800 1110
Exhibitions open daily from 10am–10pm, and from 10am-5pm on Sundays

About The House of Fairy Tales
The House of Fairy Tales was established in 2007 by artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis, who have made it their mission to inspire children to engage in art by creating worlds of imagination and mind-bending installations.

The House of Fairy Tales' immersive worlds, exhibitions, residencies and outreach programmes have been delivered to over 200,000 children at locations throughout Britain, including: The Whitechapel Gallery; Camp Bestival; Selfridges; The Apple Cart; Tate Modern; Glastonbury; The Thames Festival; and The National Trust's Mottisfont Abbey.

The summer 2012 programme includes residencies, exhibitions and live events at Hall Place, Kent and Edinburgh Art Festival.

'The House Of Fairy Tales is without a doubt the most bewitching, fascinating and downright superb interactive fun way of getting kids and young people access to art I've ever seen.'
Rob Da Bank,DJ and producer of the Camp Bestival music festival

About RSC Exhibitions
The programme aims to create imaginative opportunities and fresh perspectives that explore and explode the work of the RSC. The new strand of work engages audiences outside of their experience of watching a production on stage, opening up the creative process and encouraging new ways to participate. RSC exhibitions take place in two dedicated spaces in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Swan Room and the PACCAR Room, and appear as interventions around the building.

Issue date: 20 July 2012


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